Discover Galway

The streets of the city centre are largely pedestrian friendly and you can enjoy the many street acts that both entertain and delight. As you will discover, Galway offers a dizzying array of activities to enjoy and there are so many ways to see all that Galway has to offer.

Galway & The Wild Atlantic Way

Relax or take a dip on the beaches of Salthill or take a trip further West the landscape of the Connemara Gaeltacht lies in wait with much beautiful Galway scenery to enjoy and it is the region where you will find the Irish “Gaelic” Language. Set in the heart of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey has been the home of Benedictine Nuns since 1920. One of Ireland’s finest architectural gems, this Neo-Gothic Castle and a restored Victorian Walled Garden set in tranquil and beautiful surroundings.

If you have time to explore the western coast then the Wild Atlantic Way is a strong recommendation as it gives a route to follow and by doing so you will get to uncover special scenery along the way.

Eyre Square

Eyre Square also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is located in the city centre of Galway. A lot of tours start here due to the large number of historic statues and artefacts situated here. On a summer’s day, you will find everyone lying out and enjoying the sun on the green, giving it a relaxed atmosphere. Many a festival and events set up in Eyre Square such as the annual Christmas market, Vodafone Comedy Carnival and the Galway Arts Festival.

Eyre square is directly beside the shopping scene in Galway with Corbet Court shopping centre located just off Eyre Square and Shop Street just a 2-minute walk. As well as being beside all the great shops, Eyre Square is located beside the train and coach stations and bus stops, with all buses in Galway city leading back to Eyre Square. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is just a 15-minute walk to Eyre Square allowing you to shop till you drop.

Galway Racecourse

Galway Racecourse is located in Ballybrit, just a 10-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road. The Galway Racecourse hosts a number of events throughout the year, with the largest and by far the most popular event, being the summer festival. The summer festival is Ireland’s biggest and most famous racing festival held at the end of July and takes place over a busy 7 days of fun.

Throughout September and October, there are various race days held for those who want the excitement but not the crazy crowds. During the Christmas season the Galway Racecourse gets a whole new look when elf town takes over, the highly popular interactive Christmas experience is the perfect thing to get you in the holiday spirit.


Salthill also known as “Bóthar na Trá” which translates to “the road by the sea”. It is a seaside village that holds breath-taking views. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible to the right, with Galway City to the left. Directly across Galway Bay you can see County Clare and sometimes you can even see the Connemara mountains.

Salthill village has a number of restaurants, bars and hotels for you to sit back, relax and enjoy. If you are looking for something a bit more fun, Salthill has amusements indoor and out, golf clubs, venues for events, casinos, an aquarium, swimming pools, windsurfing and boat tours to keep you entertained.

Rugby Breaks

The Connacht Rugby team is one of the four professional rugby teams in Ireland. Galway is proud to be the location of the Galway Sports ground, which is home to the Connacht Rugby team. Connacht Rugby plays a large role in the sports community in Galway, with matches regularly being played throughout the year. With it being just a 15-minute walk from the hotel, the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is ideally located.

Golfing Breaks

Golfers are spoiled for choice with an array of world class parkland courses throughout the County, with absolutely stunning views Galway is the perfect place to play a few rounds of golf.

Aran Islands

Take a ferry to another world and leave the mainland behind by visiting the Aran Islands. Walk, hire a bike, meet a four legged friend and take a trip around the islands to see historical features and enjoy a break from the latest technology by learning to relax old style. The islands are truly in a world of their own.

Soccer Breaks

Galway hosts a large number of soccer games with the city having its very own team Galway United. The team can be seen playing at the Eamonn Deacy Park, which is located less than 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The games always create a great atmosphere around the city and county. You can purchase tickets online or from the ticket booths outside of Eamonn Deacy Park at all home matches.

Fishing & Seaside Attractions

A famous place for fishing here you can enjoy coarse fishing, river angling, and sea angling – all available locally. Galway’s boating culture is one to watch, admire the striking Galway Hookers from the harbour or enjoy a cruise on the Corrib if you get a chance. For a deep sea experience, you can visit Galway Atlantaquaria, the national aquarium, presents a comprehensive view of the world of water, imaginatively recreating natural habitats from the seabed to local rivers and lakes.

Irish Culture & Festivals

For the very best in Irish culture be sure to check out what’s playing at Galway’s vibrant theatres. Here you will find Ireland’s only Irish language theatre Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe as well as the world renowned Druid and Town Hall Theatre.

Galway is a hive of activity throughout the year and there is always something going on with multiple festivals attracting both visitors and locals alike for fun and frolics. From sports to music, theatre to food, there is something for every interest. Our calendar of events will keep you up to date on the latest events and festivals.

Sky Road Clifden

The Sky Road in Clifden is famously known for its absolutely stunning views. The 16km route takes you out the west of Clifden and onto the Wild Atlantic driving route. This drive is not for the faint-hearted, with narrow back roads throughout your journey uphill and down. Sandy beaches, miles of green grass and dozens of wandering sheep that are sure to stop you in your tracks we can guarantee it’s a place you want to see.

Spanish Arch & Claddagh

On the left bank of the River Corrib you will find a historical gem of Galway known as Spanish Arch. Built in 1584 as an extension of the famous city walls, it has remained a vital part of Galway and its vast history. Today you will find locals, tourists and buskers enjoy the area on sunny days.

Across the river from Spanish Arch you will find the famous Claddagh, one of the oldest fishing towns in Ireland thought to have been in existence since the 5th century. The Claddagh is more internationally famous for the Claddagh ring and the Claddagh swans which you can always find gracefully floating along the edge of Claddagh.

Lucky for us you would find these two historic parts of Galway just a 15-minute walk from us here at Maldron Sandy Road Galway.

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    What are the hotels Eircode / Post Code?

    The Eircode is H91 ET6N.

    What are the hotels Sat Nav co-ordinates?

    Latitude 53.2860258 / Longitude -9.045065900000054

    What’s the best way to get to the hotel from the airport?

    Dublin airport – Galway: There are buses running from 5 am until 12:30 am each day with gobus, citylink and bus Eireann. You can also get a taxi to Heuston station if you wish to take the train from 7:35 am to 7:35 pm.

    Shannon airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 7:10 am until 10 pm every day.

    Knock airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 8:55 am until 8 pm every day.

    The train and bus station are located just a 15-minute walk from us here with a taxi costing between 6 – 9 euro.

    Does a public bus service pass by Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    Yes, the 407 bus runs every 30 minutes. If you are coming from the hotel and you are going into town, the 407 bus stop is on the Headford Road beside Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores) and it takes you to Eyre Square stop 2. If you are coming from town and you are going to the hotel, the 407 is at stop 2 on Eyre Square you get off at the bus stop on the Headford Road across from Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores).

    How far away is the hotel from the City Centre?

    The hotel is located just a 15/20-minute walk to the city centre. There are taxis available at the touch of a button that cost between 6-9 euro and there is also a bus stop located just outside the hotel with all bus times available at reception.

    Do you have underground parking?

    Yes, we have complimentary underground parking available to all our guests.

    Do you have to pay for parking at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    No, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road offers complimentary parking for guests and visitors.

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is 3 pm.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm.

    Can I book a babysitter?

    Yes, once you pre-book, we can organise a babysitter.

  • Rooms

    Is the hotel a non-smoking hotel?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is a fully non-smoking hotel.

    Is the hotel wheelchair accessible?

    Yes, the hotel is fully wheelchair accessible. There are lifts from the car park up to reception and all the floors. We also have 13 ground floor rooms. 61 of our rooms have walk-in showers and we also have 8 fully accessible rooms with wet rooms.

    Is the hotel pet-friendly?

    No, the only animals allowed within the hotel are service dogs.

    Does Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway provide travel cots?

    Yes, at the time of booking please note it in the comments or give us a call +353 (0)91 513 200 to reserve one.

    Is there anywhere to buy an adapter?

    We have adapters available in our vending machines.

  • Booking

    How do I amend my booking?

    If you have booked your reservation directly with us over the phone or through our website, amendments can be made over the phone. Give us a call at +353 (0)91 513 200.

    How do I cancel a booking?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, you have up until 2pm the day before your arrival to cancel. Cancel your online reservation or call +353 (0)91 513 200 to speak to our reservations team.

    How can I upgrade my stay?

    Upgrade your stay to an Executive Room for €40 or a Superior King Room for €20 on your check-in or with our reservations team directly.

    What payment options are available at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also accept Debit/ Laser cards. Payment can also be made by cash (the receptionist will require photographic proof of identification) and by One For All vouchers and vouchers that have been purchased through our hotel or online.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see for details.

  • Facilities

    Are there spa facilities onsite?

    No, unfortunately, we no longer have spa facilities on site.

    Is there a gym?

    Yes, we have a well equipped fitness suite which all guests have complimentary access to.

    Does your hotel have a pool?

    No, we do not have a pool on site.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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